Forum on the Road: Napa Native Alexandria Brown Uncovers the Valley’s 'Hidden History'

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A sign welcomes visitors to the Napa Valley July 12, 2006 in Rutherford, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Early Wappo American Indians in Napa Valley called the region “talahalusi,” meaning “beautiful land.” They shaped the region, as did the African American farmers, Chinese laborers and Mexican guest workers or “braceros” who followed them. Despite their influence, these communities are often left out of Napa Valley history. Alexandria Brown, a Napa native, sought to change that. She researched the daily lives of these influential groups for her new book “Hidden History of Napa Valley.” Brown joins us to discuss the book and the overlooked parts of Napa’s history.


Alexandria Brown, author, "Hidden History of Napa Valley"; former research librarian, Napa County Historical Society